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vice president clyde: ok, we did discuss outreach to the businesses, and i have to say that this month has really been concerned with outreach regarding the alcohol mitigation fee, and that outreach has been significant, and i would really like to recognize the efforts of small business in coordinating the dissemination of information to the small business community. the turnout in the committee hearing, budget and finance and policy, it was really remarkable, and, you know, largely due to your efforts. we discussed, of course, the progressive tax structures that are no longer on the table, as ll as businesses that are currently not being taxed, and i have not had time to go more in depth. i am sorry, business sectors. we did have a far ranging discussion on business sectors that are not currently taxed at
the local level, but i have not had time to organize a report on that. we did of a discussion on the department's 2010 budget, and there was no new business. because our hands were full. thank you. president yee riley: 80. next item. clerk: commissioners, we are now on the president's report, which allows the president to report on the small business activities. president yee riley: well, i attended a meeting on community development, and there was a great presentation from the mayor's office of economic and work force development on their goals, objectives, and the funding strategy, which was very educational for me. legislation and policies, and commissioner dooley already
reported it, and august 3, that was the day we had the new commissioner, commissioner kasselman, sworn in, and commissioner o'brien also gets sworn in. so that is it. thank you. clerk: commissioners, items number 13, vice president's report. vice president clyde: i would like to begin my report by recognizing a woman who gave extraordinary service to the small business community and to the san francisco community, joanie chang, who passed away a few weeks ago at age 41. she was a compliance officer with standards enforcement. she was charged with
implementing the groundbreaking san francisco law that created healthy san francisco, and the reason i would want to recognize her is that she was a real model in how to educate the community, how to communicate with the small business community. she did it with grace. she did it with just great intelligence and compassion, and i think that the small business community should really an extent -- note should really extend our -- should really extend our sympathies. she was taken way too soon. she believes newborn twins and her partner, -- she leaves newborn twins and her partner. she was only 41 years old, and she is diagnosed with cancer seven weeks ago, -- was
diagnosed with cancer seven weeks ago. for the members who would like to send condolences, there is a website that was created by her friends and family. it is www.giveforward.org/ bakeanapple, and i would like to think the office of supervisor campos for providing this information and, again, to her partner, and to the new twins. i would like to send, you know, our condolences and our appreciation. thank you, so i am just going to move on. i did attend a convention with bettie yi. she is our representative to the state board of equalization. she made it very clear that she
did not favor a patchwork of regulations regarding the alcohol industry because it is so difficult to work. she did make it clear that her office is not interested -- her office is interested in keeping small businesses operating, and her office will work with businesses that are having trouble meeting their tax payments. she was very clear in response to members of the public. the state board equalization now requires substantial deposits from businesses, businesses, who do not have track records or businesses that are changing their corporate structure. that was brought up at this
meeting. her office is responsive to the synthesis go small business community. please contact and the board to work note payments and to work out schedules. she is focused on we are still in economic crisis, and she emphasized that she did not want to see businesses closing. she also discussed marijuana and the challenges of legalization and taxation of the marijuana industry and challenges of the industry that is threatening to pick up and leave if they are taxed. this is going to be extremely
challenging. the merchants organization in north beach did note -- did have a presentation, and i will encourage everyone to support this fund project. thanks. president yee riley: thank you. next item, please. clerk: next item, commissioner 14, commissioner reports. vice president clyde: i have been trying to keep the small business public more informed about the proposed congestion pricing that is being proposed by cta, which is creating a very
large corridor in our city that would be charging a fee of entry and exit, morning hours and afternoon hours, perhaps in each direction, and the possible impact that might have on our small businesses. i attempted. attended a workshop cta last month and brought up some of the concerns of the small business community which i attended a workshop. -- i attended a workshop. also, phil did a report on this for channel 5 news, and it was also mentioned in the column, so i just want to continue to keep putting this in front of the public as much as possible so we can get some feedback and have folks be aware
about what the potential costs might be in the business community. president yee riley: thank you. anymore reports from the commission? seeing none, next item, please. clerk: commissioners, item number 15, general public comment. president yee riley: seeing none, public comment is closed. clerk: commissioners, item number 16, new business, which allows commissioners to introduce new items for future consideration by president yee riley: the riley: -- consideration by the commission. president yee riley: seeing none, next item, please. clerk: item number 17, adjournment. commissioners, the meeting is adjourned at 11:46 p.m.
>> ladies and gentlemen, the chair is calling the meeting to order. before we begin, please turn off any itself funds, pagers, or other electronic devices -- please turn off any cellphone, pagers, or other electronic devices. please refrain from flash photography. please stand and join us in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
>> thank you, ladies and gentlemen. please now direct your attention to the roll call of the police commission. commission president joe marshall? president marshall: present. >> commission vice-president, mazzucco? vice president mazzucco: present. commissioner chan: present. commissioner kingsley: present. >> thank you, commissioners. also see it with the commission is the assistant chief of police. mr. president, you have a quorum. president marshall: thank you, lieutenant. this is a regular meeting for the san francisco police commission, wednesday, september 1. let's call item no. 1 and get that out of the way.
lieutenant reilly: item 1 is approval of the minutes, for the regular meetings may 12 and may 19, 2010. president marshall: commissioners, in your packet you have the meeting minutes. if there are no changes, we will accept a motion. >> so moved. >> second. president marshall: without objection, so moved. there is no item number three. lieutenant reilly: that was pointed out to us. as we were working on the agenda, we failed to re-number id, so there is no item number three. -- there is no item number 3 because we failed to re-number it. president marshall: call item four, please, lieutenant?
lieutenant reilly: we moved to agenda item forc, which is commission reports. president marshall: we have a special presentation. please come forward. thank you for being here. >> thank you for allowing me here. good evening, president marshall, and commissioners, and members of the citizens oversight board. i am a member of the bart board of directors, and i am here today to say thank you. thank you from the bottom of my heart. 2009 was a very challenging year for bart. we started out the year with one of our police officers shooting an unarmed passenger, and we were in a world we were totally unfamiliar with and we beg for help, and your commission gave us that help in the form of your president. joe marshall did so much to get us on track from where we are
now. we have civilian oversight coming to the bart police department for the first time ever, and that is because we are patterning after what you guys are doing here, thanks to joe marshall coming over in working with us and sitting through the community meetings and actually being the judge at a lot of those meetings. it being that force that allowed us to work with the community to get to where we are today. earlier this year, governor schwarzenegger signed an assembly bill 1586, which allows bart to have civilian oversight, and for that we are totally grateful to this commission. specifically, president joe marshall, for all of his hard work. i have a great letter and plaque -- not plaque, but certificate we would like to present on behalf of the entire bart board of directors to president marshall, as our way of saying
that we could not have done this without you, mr. marshall, thank you. president marshall: wow. [applause] president marshall: thank you. [applause] president marshall: let me just say, commissioners, i accept this on behalf of the commission because the commission came to the rescue. for me personally, that was as tragic an event as i have ever been involved in it with all my
years of community service. that shooting by the police officer, who is actually being convicted of the shooting, the subsequent unrest. having grown up in los angeles, i am familiar with that kind of unrest, and to be asked to be part of helping to develop a civilian process for bart, i am just glad they turned to us, the san francisco police commission, to be able to help push this thing and craft it. let me just say, just as important for me was the call that came to when you have -- when you had a community meetings. it was very charged. i did not know if we would move the process forward, and you
asked me to moderate the meetings. i just want to thank them for their trust in me. they basically said, dr. marshall, if you say it is okay, it is going to be ok. so, thank you for asking me, first of all. i only go where i am invited, so thank you for inviting me, and i'm glad we got it done and i am glad that everything else seems to be moving forward with bart. thank you. thank you very much. i know i am not supposed to say this -- thank you, sir. i am just going to say good luck. and i say good luck to everybody else out there, too. thank you very much. >> thank you.
president marshall: thank you for indulging in that. >> congratulations. well deserved. president marshall: and we moved back to the regular agenda and call item no. 2. lieutenant reilly: item 2 is public comment. this is general public comment for a time determined by the chair. this is on items under the subject matter and jurisdiction of the commission but do not otherwise appear on the agenda. president marshall: these are items that are not on the agenda. if you are here to comment on anything else, please hold it. this is general public comment. going once? quickly, sir. >> good evening, people of the police commission. let's talk about comstat.
it is an important tool that the san francisco police department uses to track crime. we have 32 homicides to date. 32 last year. it is that up 8%? maybe i am wrong. i spoke with the captain of the northern division and we're looking at options. i think we need to look at the total picture. comstat is the right tool. i hope it is not used to in light of other people's career, sir -- to enlighten the other people's career, sir. president marshall: any other public comment? >> good evening. i would like to echo the young man's statements. comstat seems to have increased the homicide rate by 8%. i also note that somebody got murdered on march 27, 2010, in the booking area of the police
station. i am not sure if that is included in the statistics. i am not sure if there was unrest in that case. my understanding is the young man came in with a couple of assault charges on the officer and he wound up dead at 5:45 p.m. that day, and there has not been any report of an arrest. i also note the district attorney has released the 18- year-old alleged shooter in a case. apparently there was an issue with identification, and all of a sudden there is an alleged murderer on the street. i am not sure how comstat is fixing that. also, you have this study, patrol specials. it sounds like that is some kind of private police force. i wonder how much this study cost. maybe somebody could address that, if anybody knows how much
the study cost the city. also, just in general, like the young man said, homicide seem to be increasing. you probably want to review how that is doing anything to reduce crime. i also note that the police chief has a salary of $290,000 per year, which seems to be exorbitant considering homicides have increased. thank you. president marshall: all right. no more public comment? i am quick with the gavel. you have to get up here if your going to do it. go ahead. >> sorry. i have come here before about mind control weapons and electronic graphs, and i have left a body of message with lieutenant reilly, your office, the chief's office, and apparently nothing is being done
about this. here is the main part in all of this. in dealing with me, so they can transmit some kind of energy bolt straight into your mind to control your thoughts and actions, it is a very high-tech weapon. nobody is really aware about it. it can transmit long range of electric pulses and something like that, and can target anybody anywhere -- on the street, inside offices, even at right here, right now. i do not understand how we can be exposed to such a weapon like this. it is a humiliating failure on the police department's part, it even the fbi, cia, and the military, who i have been contacting three times per day, and nothing is being done. i don't understand why nothing has happened. what is going on? i don't know. i really cannot say. why hasn't anything been done about such a dangerous weapon
that we are all exposed to? if you don't understand, simplify, they can attack your mind from very far away -- attacked it and change your thoughts, stop your thoughts, and apparently a lot of people who have left, come here, spoken about it, complained about it, and everything like that. if you cannot protect yourselves -- i cannot protect myself against that. it is more deadly than a handgun. it is a deadly assault on people, using dangerous weapons. aside from this, the main part in all of this, i have spoken to kelly dunne. she has been affected by the weapon. aside from this, james ramsay i think could be affected by the weapon. he is out of the office now, looking into this. and jim, who has not investigated the matter for
eight months, eight months. i cannot say, what is going on with this? it is a humiliating failure on sfpd. i don't know why you are not looking into this. it is dangerous. you cannot protect yourself or anybody else. do you understand what i am saying? you guys could be attacked by this weapon. you could be affected by some laser or some of my career paul's going in your mind, -- or some micro-pulse in your mind. here is the main thing about this -- stay in constant contact with the fbi and the military and everything like that. that is very dangerous. please be very fearful. president marshall: alright, at the last public comment? one more. come forward, sir. >> i have been a longtime
resident of san francisco, and i personally believe patrol specials are a nice thing. president marshall: sir, when that item comes up, you can comment on that. this is other than anything on the agenda. ok, then we) -- ok, then we close. >> good evening. i represent a local libertarian party. i would like the commission to look at asking the police to de-prioritize unpopular law enforcement aspects of what they do and focus on the crimes that people are really concerned about, things that there is a community consensus behind in forcing, like theft, burglary, rape, assault, that sort of thing, and stop setting up
stings for prostitution, going after small-time drug sales, homelessness, that kind of thing that there is not a community consensus behind. i think we should really be in a time of limited funding focusing on what the public is really united behind. have law enforcement really serve the interests of the people as a whole, and not persecute one part of the community at the behest of another part of the community, and have more community harmony, and i think that will garner more support and respect for the police of san francisco, which is currently severely lacking in some areas of our community. thank you. president marshall: alright, thank you. that concludes the general public comment. in fairness to everyone here, why don't we move the agenda at out of order once again and call
item no. 5. lieutenant reilly: mr. president, we move the agenda to item five, which is a presentation by the public safety strategies group regarding the patrol special program review. this is a discussion only item. >> good evening, commissioners. i am from the comptroller's office. just a couple of sentences of introduction. it was some time ago that the police commission asked the controller's office to assist on this subject. there was also a request from the board of supervisors that we start out with our request to look at the issue of patrol specials. you may remember a couple years ago we did an rfq to pre